Labour Market


Labour markets tend to be among the most regulated markets in the economy. While these regulations were meant to protect workers, they are often counterproductive by putting obstacles in the way to job creation. Finding the right balance between these two goals remains a difficult task.


  1. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  2. Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements... Read More...

  3. TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10... Read More...

  4. Relics of a Byzantine IR System: Why Awards Should Be Abolished

    Alexander Philipatos | 23 May 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Awards are uniquely Australian, and practically as old as the country itself. But in Australia’s modern, competitive economy,... Read More...

  5. Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Nothing to stop young workers being paid above minimum

    Alexander Philipatos | 04 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    The high minimum wage is eroding employment opportunities for our youth.... Read More

  2. A coalition of the willing on IR reform

    Alexander Philipatos, Jeremy Sammut | 18 Feb 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The Abbott government is sending the message that they will help those who help themselves by prosecuting the case for IR ... Read More

  3. Australia pays the penalty for workplace awards

    Alexander Philipatos | 07 Feb 2014 | Business Spectator

    It's time restrictive and economically damaging conditions were removed from our labour market regime.... Read More

  4. Infrastructure, not entitlement, needed to boost productivity

    Greg Lindsay | 25 Jul 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    Wasteful misspending by the government has a high opportunity cost that strikes at the heart of productivity and competitiveness.... Read More

  5. Should teenaged shop workers receive a pay rise?

    Alexander Philipatos | 12 Jul 2013 | The Drum

    A wages claim to pay young retail workers equally to adults may sound like a good idea, but it will be a hard sell.... Read More

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  1. Minimum wage facts and myths

    Alexander Philipatos | 28 Mar 2014

    The union movement is campaigning hard on the plight of low income workers, but what are the facts? ...

  2. The problem with youth is cost and incentive

    Alexander Philipatos | 21 Mar 2014

    Changes to welfare decreased incentives for young workers to find work, while changes to labour market settings reduced demand ...

  3. Where will the new jobs come from?

    Alexander Philipatos | 28 Feb 2014

    There are impediments in our industrial relations system that are increasing costs and preventing new jobs from being created. ...

  4. Perhaps Newstart doesn't require a new start

    Matthew Taylor | 17 Jan 2014

    Kevin Andrews’ idea to create multiple tiers of the DSP and Newstart would blur the necessary line between what constitutes ...

  5. Flawed take on push to regulate 'longer' working hours

    Christian Stojanovski | 17 Jan 2014

    Are Australians really working longer hours, as the Australia Institute has suggested?...

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